by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Dave Shyiak
2006-07 record: 13-21-3 (8-19-1 WCHA)
Key Returnees: Luke Beaverson D SR., Peter Cartwright F SR., Merit Waldrop F SR., Chris Tarkir F SR., Mat Robinson D JR., Jared Tuton F/D SO., Nils Backstrom D SO., Paul Crowder F SO., Josh Lunden F SO., Kevin Clark F SO.
Key Losses: Charlie Kronschnabel, Mark Smith, Justin Bourne, Nick Lowe, Chad Anderson, Nathan Lawson, Jay Beagle
Dave Shyiak's year of transition on the job resulted in a seven-win increase for the Seawolves last season, to 13.
"The program took a step forward," Shyiak said. "A lot of things took further growth. We went undefeated against North Dakota and we were the first team ever to win a playoff game at Mariucci Arena."
After losing 6-2 in the first game in the WCHA playoffs, the Seawolves managed to win a game at Minnesota in overtime (2-1) to force a game three. Although the team lost in the final game, Anchorage played its hearts out and showed that it was no roll-over for anyone for the future.
But now it's to see whether the Seawolves can built on that and become a week-in, week-out strong team — or at least above .500.
"I like the locker room," said Shyiak. "You need to bring your best game in order to compete in the WCHA."
Speaking of the 10-member class of 2011, Shyiak seemed pretty happy with the results, but he by-passed the usual coach-speak praise for a more realistic response.
"Everything is good on paper," Shyiak said. "The results will be determined at the end of the year. The numbers were very good, and as of right now I would give it a high 'B' rating."
This season the Seawolves will look to take another step forward.
"The WCHA is a tough league," said Shyiak. "Our goal is to get home-ice in the playoffs as well as capturing another Governor's Cup (Alaska vs. Alaska-Anchorage)."
Although the team seems young with 10 freshmen, do not be fooled by the veterans. They have experience from last year (or in some instances the last two) and can sneak in a victory or two against the likes of Minnesota or North Dakota.